Skills_3The UK Defence Sector depends on a highly-skilled, educated and flexible workforce capable of innovating, designing, developing and supporting technically complex systems and advanced manufacturing processes.

Systems Engineering Masters Apprenticeship (SEMAP)

To address the shortfall in defence sector skills the DGP has created a new Defence Apprenticeship standard, which has been developed by industry, trade bodies and academia and will deliver the new standard for a Level 7 Apprenticeship (equivalent to a Master’s degree) in advanced system engineering. The first 86 students started the new Systems Engineering Master’s Apprenticeship Programme (SEMAP) in January 2016. The apprenticeship standard will attract new graduates to the industry as well as up-skilling the existing workforce. More details are available here.

Work is also on-going to support national programmes such as DSF in areas which are enablers to exports for both government and industry.